Masonic Temple - Yakima, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 46° 36.200 W 120° 30.116
10T E 691314 N 5164116
Quick Description: The Masonic Temple, also known as the Great Western Building, is located in the historic district of Yakima, Washington.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 9/5/2006 12:13:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMPK4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 30

Long Description:

The Masonic Temple, also know as the Great Western Building, was built in 1919 in the Second Empire Style of architecture. This diamond in the rough sits on Yakima Avenue in the historic downtown area of Yakima, Washington.

Sadly, it is a victim of the depressed economy of the city. It sits vacant, and has often been a target for demolition as newer buildings push for more space. For example, in 1999 the Yakima Mall wanted to tear the Temple down to make room for an expansion.

This city is teaming with historically significant architecture and I believe that with some effort at polishing up those old gems, new life would be breathed into the community.

Street address:
321 Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA United States

County / Borough / Parish: Yakima

Year listed: 1996

Historic (Areas of) Significance: History of Masons, Example of 2nd Empire Architecture

Periods of significance: 1900-1949

Historic function: Masonic Temple, and later, the Great Western Savings and Loan Co.

Current function: Vacant

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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